Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will decide on the future of Italian midfielder Alberto Aquilani this week, amid reports that Italian club Fiorentina are preparing another bid for the player.
The 28-year-old has made just 18 appearances for the Reds since his arrival at Anfield in 2009, having spent two spells back on loan in Serie A at Juventus and AC Milan, as Liverpool’s succession of manager’s have struggled to find a place for the Italian international.
Aquilani was reportedly subject to a bid from Fiorentina last week, and Brendan Rodgers has reiterated that he is biding his time with the player, as he continues to measure his worth during the pre-season period.
"The situation with Alberto is simple," said Rodgers, Sky Sports report. "I have wanted to assess him over the first few weeks of training.
"Over the course of the next week, I will make a decision on what's going to be best for us, whether he will be useful for the group or whether it's best for him to move on."
As Brendan Rodgers seeks to assemble a Liverpool side in his own vision, it remains to be seen if the former AS Roma man, signed by Rafa Benitez for £17 million, will fit into the Northern Irishman’s plans.
The Italian’s agent denied reports that Fiorentina had made a £7 million bid for the player, and has openly stated that the Florence club cannot afford to match Liverpool’s valuation of the midfielder.
“Aquilani is a Liverpool player and he is happy where he is now.,” said the player’s agent Franco Zavaglia, speaking to Radio Sportiva (reported by Sky Sports.)
“We have not received any requests from Daniele Prade, but that was only to be expected, seeing as Aquilani will only leave on a permanent move and at figures Fiorentina cannot afford.
"I would rule out a current return to Italy."